Hurricane Florence weakens slightly as it moves toward US coast: NHC

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 14, 2018

But authorities warn Florence has an enormous wind field as it zeroes in on the Southeast U.S. coast, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely risky. "It is an extremely risky, life-threatening, historic hurricane", said Roy Cooper, governor of North Carolina, as he warned people not to gamble their lives on riding out the storm.

A Category 4 on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Florence was 750km south-southeast of Bermuda and the centre of the hurricane was forecast to pass between Bermuda and the Bahamas yesterday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said.

Hurricane Florence has decreased in speed and is now a Category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center announced shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The storm will slow down because of pushback from a trough - an extended area of low atmospheric pressure - now over Texas, Stacy Stewart, an NHC senior hurricane specialist, said in the update.

The latest predictions also show that, while Florence will pack less powerful winds, it will also slow down, allowing it to drop much more rain on the Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender county areas. "Disaster is at the doorstep and it's coming in". We expect to feel this storm of days.

Forecasters expected some strengthening in the next 36 hours, as Florence marched west-northwest at 20kmh.

Tens of thousands of homes and businesses could be flooded in North Carolina alone, Governor Cooper warned.

"If you are under an evacuation order and you haven't left, the time to leave is now". Similar declarations were made earlier in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Evacuation orders have been enacted for portions of SC and North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring catastrophic flooding to areas of the eastern United States already soaked by heavy rain and it may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades.

The first tropical storm-force winds were forecast to hit the coast on Thursday.

Duke Energy, the nation's No. 2 power company, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Even if you've ridden out storms before, this one is different. "It's going to happen".

"We Need God's Help" is spray painted on wood boards covering the windows of a grocery store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on September 12, 2018. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate. "It's a big one", he said at the White House.

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